Thursday, February 17, 2022

The Quest for Better Storage Weekly Link Round-Up


Denis's back continues to improve s-l-o-w-l-y. I know that, to Denis, it must feel as though snails and glaciers move faster than the improvement with his back. I can't help but feel that part of the problem may lie in the fact that he's fighting taking pain killers any longer than he absolutely has to. I understand because I have "a thing" about pain killers myself, but I did begin to learn how much they can help the last time I was hospitalized. He does begin physical therapy this coming Wednesday, so please keep a good thought or two for him. 
In the mean time, I've been on a quest for better storage for my Christmas ornaments, and I think I found it. (Hey, all the intros for these round-ups can't be exciting, you know!) 

I originally had three very large plastic tubs with cardboard dividers for all my ornaments. After doing quite a bit of downsizing, I reduced those three tubs to one, but there was a problem: those cardboard dividers. Over the years, those cardboard dividers had been handled so much that they'd acquired the strength of limp noodles. Another aggravation was that I always seemed to want only the ornaments at the bottom of the tub. So I went on a hunt for better storage, and I think I found it.

On the left is an example of the old storage tub. (Mine had four layers.) On the right, you see the new storage. Much sturdier, and the drawers are telescoping. I've labeled each drawer: "Snowmen," "Critters," "Teapots," etc. and when I've used the telescoping feature, I can get to the drawer I want without risk of damaging any of the ornaments-- no matter if they're on the top or the bottom. The new storage was a bit pricey, but I'd saved up for it, and it will undoubtedly be the last one I'll ever need. 

Now... you  may be wondering what I did with the old plastic tubs. I'll bet some of you have guessed: yarn storage!

Enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►The Wanderer◄

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. And don't forget to curl up with a good book!


  1. It's good to hear that Denis is improving, Cathy, even if it's incremental. I know just how both of you feel about pain killers, too. I don't take them unless there is no other option. Still, there are times... Your new storage plan looks great and convenient! I hope it works out for you.

    Now, to the links... Thanks for including a 'Book Banning' category. It's frightening what's happening in this country with that whole movement, and I think we need to be vigilant. Off now to those funerary avenues and then that sphinx. But I'm still really upset about this whole book banning movement!

    1. So am I. I am sick to death of these people whose attitudes seem to be My Way Or The Highway! That's a creed that has never worked and never will.

  2. Glad to hear Denis is doing better, even if it is a slow process. I read the article about banning books that talk about oppression--it wasn't a surprise--given our unwillingness to admit the facts of history. Book banning is a scary thing, but it is a positive thing that teens are forming clubs to read and discuss books that are banned.

    1. Yes. I had to laugh when I read an article about LeVar Burton telling kids to read banned books because "that's the good stuff!" Whenever I've learned about a banned book, the first thought that runs through my mind is, "What don't they want me to know?"

  3. I'll add my good thoughts for Denis and his back. Hope the therapy will make things work better. I also understand about resisting taking pain killers for too long. Both of us here are the same way. Love your new storage possibility. And the book banning thing - you can imagine my thoughts on that. Sigh.

    1. Yes, I know that, here on the blog, I'm just one member of the choir when it comes to book banning-- and that's a good feeling.

  4. I hope the physical therapy will help. I don't like to take pain killers either, so I can appreciate his resistance. Like you though, I've learned that sometimes they can make things more bearable. That is a great idea for ornament storage! I need something like that for mine. Thank you for sharing the links!

  5. Your storage looks very user friendly. As one who first became a serious reader because of my obsession with all things Sherlock, I definitely can appreciate his "enduring appeal."

    The Galapagos Islands are such a special place. It's good that more area around them will be protected.

    Best wishes to Denis. Slow progress may be the most lasting progress.

    1. I did a little mental Happy Dance when I learned about the extra protection for the Galápagos Islands.

      I'll have to tell Denis "Slow progress may be the most lasting progress." Thanks for that, Dorothy.

  6. I completely understand the pain killers situation - both avoiding them and avoiding them too much. I will keep Denis (and you) in my prayers as he starts physical therapy.

    That new storage system looks amazing! That would really make it so much easier to get what you are looking for.

    Time to check out some links...

  7. Storage unit looks very easily usable. But I remember seeing a veyr nice way you had wool skeins organized so the ends of all of them showed with their bright colors. So you're changing that. Seems like a good plan.

    Lots of good links. The book banning articles are maddening, and, of Toni Morrison's books, outrageous. Her books are hard to read because they tell the truth about the history of enslavement, Jim Crow and the severe impact on African American people. And the books are painful and thought-provoking and educational.

    And the censors go after "Beloved," which won the Pulitzer Prize, and after that, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Who is a great U.S. writer? Toni Morrison is.

    Now to worry about the tamarins not disappearing.

    1. Those empty ornament bins are just to store yarn surplus, I haven't changed the basic way I store the skeins. I still like walking into the room and seeing all the colors.


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